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GVSU offers safety guidance following MSU tragedy

GVSU campus safety virtual briefing - Thursday, February 23
GVSU campus safety virtual briefing - Thursday, February 23

Grand Valley State University hosted campus safety briefings Thursday. The guidance was in response to the February 13th Michigan State University shootings that killed three students on the East Lansing campus

Equipping the entire Grand Valley State University community with necessary tools in the event of a critical incident was the focus of two safety briefings led by Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Brandon DeHaan.

“When we talk about the response to active shooter, that training we do so with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office. We’ve been doing that for over a decade.”

Officers receive over 60 hours of training each year. DeHaan and is encouraging the Laker community review the GVSU Emergency webpage. Emergency Manager, Sergeant William O'Donnell points out its a collection of resources for responding to fire, weather and medical emergencies, bomb threats or active shooter situations.

“Hey, stay out of site. Turn the lights out. Silence your cell phones. Close the blinds. Get behind barricades. Barricade lock that door.”

In those situations, students can lock doors. There are physical security measures and technological solutions. Dispatch can lock doors across campus and there are more than 1,600 security cameras. When critical incidents arise, students and staff receive text, voicemail and email alerts via the GVSU Alert Emergency Notification System. Responding to and preventing threats requires sharing information and gleaning information from multiple sources.

Watch GVSU campus safety briefings here:

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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